Max B. Sternberg here! Never thought to do a blog before, never thought to do a lot of things. So where to begin?
I suppose I could start with how I got here.
It was when we were house sitting for family, after I accepted Christ. We had just had a pretty critical moment in my spiritual growth and development. My wife and I were asleep and I woke up to a terrifying experience.
I couldn’t move. I was quite literally, paralyzed. You see, normally I could see in the faint light from the alarm clock. Normally, there was enough dim light that I would just reposition and fall back asleep. Instead, there was something else in the room. A dark cloud hovering above the bed. It wasn’t moving, and what’s worse, there were two red eyes emanating in the middle of the cloud staring right at me.
Yeah, so not a normal night at all.
So there I was, paralyzed in fear. Having never seen anything like this before, I couldn’t think of what to do. All I could feel was malevolence, the sheer hatred coming from it. I wanted to turn my head or reach out to my wife to shake her awake. She was a Christian longer than I was, maybe she knew what to do. My arms couldn’t work either. All I could do was stare.
Then the thing spoke. I am talking deep rumbling, lower timbre than James Earl Jones voice grating at me that said one simple sentence that I will remember for the rest of my life.
“I am not done with you yet.”
It was all I could do to stutter and sputter the name of Jesus Christ out loud. Saying something, anything to the cloud of darkness above me. After the third or fourth attempt it escaped my lips, and the dark cloud with the eyes growled and dissolved away. The dark bedroom was illuminated by the blue digits from the nearby alarm clock.
I could move again, and immediately noticed that for the first time in my life, I had broken out into a full body sweat and the sheets were soaked around me. I shook my wife awake, and explained what happened. Then I showered, and bless her she changed the sheets at three in the morning.
Back then, almost eight years ago, all I could think was that this being sought to petrify me in fear. Yet it was the name of my savior that saved me. His name is power over darkness, and at it, every knee will bow. What sought to destroy me early in my walk with God, only solidified my faith in that I was on the right path.
In a sense it was right, it was not done with me yet. I struggled with a lifelong issue that few get freedom from. It did not want to let go of me in the slightest. It wanted to enslave me, and my family, and ruin the good thing that God had blessed me with. I’ve experienced my hills and valleys since then, and the road has not been easy, but it led me here.
Now, many years later, I know what it was. Even further, I know in hindsight what it was trying to do. Because in Romans 8:28, we know that all things work towards the good of those who love God and are called to his purposes. Not just some things, ALL things. Not good for any application, but for being called to HIS purposes.
Since starting to write, I’ve found my purpose. I love sharing this world I’ve imagined with others. I love the characters, both named and unnamed. I love the plot and intrigue, and knew that I would incorporate several themes into the series. Above all, I knew before I even finished the story who the main antagonist was going to be.
So yes, I am the author of the Darkness Overcome series. It is a series that is self published, that I hope that you thoroughly enjoy. I hope you share it with your family and friends, and that lives are saved. I hope people are positively changed through the many truths woven through into the story.
But truth be told, I also wrote this series for myself. It is therapeutic in a way, to write about overcoming your demons, your darkness. This series is also me saying, “I am done with you!” I will drag you into the light. I will expose you for what you are. And in the mighty name of Jesus, you will see that the evil you tried to accomplish will just be used to further Christ’s kingdom! I will NOT be shaken!
This is the part of my blog post where I would tell you to buy my book. I would appreciate your support and patronage. If you go to MaxBSternberg.com, you can see a couple free chapters to gauge your interest, look at media and reviews, or submit fanart on the series to be posted on the site.
Regardless, I would also encourage you to face your demons. Stand against them, and in Jesus’ mighty name say, “I am done with you!”